May 8, 2007
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Sophomore outfielder Ben Wendle led the Saint Joseph's offense and SJU put up five runs in an inning twice as the Hawks won their second straight baseball game, downing Rider by a 12-1 score. SJU pounded out 16 hits on the afternoon, one shy of its season-high mark.
Saint Joseph's (9-34) scored a run in the top of the first to jump out to an early lead. After the first two batters went down on strikes, Wendle hit his sixth home run of the season to right field to give SJU the early 1-0 advantage.
Rider (16-25) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly. The game remained knotted until the Hawks broke it open in the top of the fourth. After back-to-back singles by freshmen Mike Boyland and Brian Hartsell to lead off the inning, fellow freshman Dewey Oriente drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. After a pitching change, junior Chris Cashman hit into a fielder's choice to bring in the go-ahead run and leave runners on the corners with one down. A sacrifice fly by junior Tim Smith brought home Hartsell and gave SJU a 3-1 lead. The Hawks then produced a cavalcade of two-out singles, as four straight batters recorded base hits. Singles by David Valesente, Wendle, Drew Smith, and Jeremy Jakubowski left the score at 6-1. The Hawks added a singleton in the sixth after Wendle hit a leadoff double and scored on Jakubowski's sacrifice fly.
The seventh inning was also a big one for the Hawks, as SJU put another five-spot on the scoreboard, despite notching just two hits in the frame. With one out, Tim Smith walked and then stole both second and third. Valesente walked as well, the stole second on a strikeout to leave runners on second and third with two outs. Drew Smith then walked to load the bases before Jakubowski was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Boyland followed with a bases-clearing double to right center, and Oriente hit an RBI double two batters later to set the final margin.
For the game, Wendle finished with four hits, three runs scored, two RBIs, a double, and a home run. Boyland recorded three hits of his own, as well as two runs scored and three runs driven in. Jakubowski added a hit, a run, and three RBIs to the cause, and Oriente, Drew Smith, and Valesente also contributed multi-hit games. Every Hawk starter except for Oriente scored a run, while Cashman was the lone starter not to record a hit.
On the mound, freshman starter Pat Monaghan pitched well, allowing just one run on four hits in 3.1 innings. Sophomore Justin Trudell got the win, scattering four hits over the course of 2.2 scoreless innings, to improve to 1-3. Junior Andrew Powers held the Broncs scoreless over the final three frames to earn his second save of the season.
Saint Joseph's now returns home to host the Richmond Spiders in an Atlantic 10 series. Friday's game will begin at 3:00 p.m. Saturday's first pitch has been moved up to 11:00 a.m., while Sunday's game remains a noon start.